Ivey issues state of emergency ahead of weather threat

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties ahead of the potential severe weather.

The state of emergency goes into effect tonight at 6 CST.

“The threat for potentially dangerous weather is rising for much of Alabama tomorrow,” Ivey said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, I have issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties to ensure we are ready to act in any way needed from the state level. Projections are showing that this will likely be a widespread event, with some of the most severe weather anticipated late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Please make preparations now in the event your area is impacted in some way. I will continue keeping a close eye on the system and encourage every Alabamian to do the same.”

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An enhanced risk of severe weather for most of the area is slated for Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

According to NWS officials, all modes of severe weather are possible, from tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.

The timing of the storms will come into better focus Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the NWS.

On Wednesday, the severe potential could start this afternoon. The threat will increase late today into the evening hours and will gradually spread eastward.

The severe threat will likely stick around after midnight, especially for areas east of the interstate. The threat may not end until approximately 4 a.m., according to the NWS.

There is still uncertainty on the exact timing, evolution and extent of the weather.